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October Newsletter

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In the meantime here’s a link to our October Edition of Hardie Park Newsletter

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Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

When the bikes appeared…

In September our  park was graced with bike art. If you are still wondering what it’s all about here’s a few words from the artist:

‘Like all art they are open to interpretation by the viewer and will hopefully trigger different emotions. As a keen cyclist as well as an artist and ex police officer, I became fascinated by the vulnerability of cyclists, make reference to the ‘ghost bike’ phenomenon and hope to touch on the broader emotions through this and my other piece of current work FragileMan such as mental health, homelessness etc. Please check out my social media pages Chris Scott Artist or www.chrisscottarist.com

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Rob Groves: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Gain new skills at the park…

We were invited to take part in the Jobcentre Jobs Fair in Grays this week. Many job seekers are looking for experience in the workplace, opportunities to extend their skills base and sometimes just a foot in the door to a new career.  We were able to speak to them about the opportunities Hardie Park can offer. If you have a few hours spare or would like to enhance your CV with a volunteering experience please get in touch. You can call our Volunteer Co-ordinator Pam on 07714 661888, apply online or pop into the cafe for a chat.

 

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Rob Groves: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Studying art or enjoy drawing?

There’s a new Art Club at the park suitable from age 14 years to adult . A great club for anyone studying GCSE Art, covering methods of drawing from reference and using techniques to create realistic images with graphite pencils and colour. In time the group will move on to using photoshop on a mobile to create images for reference. lt will also look at painting onto body/ face and use horror effects make up. Any further art related info please call Nikki Canham 07783 502735 who is running the club.

If you are interested, it’s on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm – £3.50 per session – no need to book.

 

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Rob Groves: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Our bench with a view…

Autumn, the perfect time of year to install a new bench in memory of the park’s friend Dean McGaughin. It is perched on the top of the hill surrounded by fallen leaves with a great view of the park. We hope our community sit for a while and enjoy the view. A second bench will soon be installed near the petanque terrain.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Rob Groves: 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Rethinking Parks Programme

Hardie Park has been recognised as a successful park that demonstrates excellent potential for changing the way that a public space is used and managed. Rob Groves is leading the Performing Parks project in Thurrock and is working with five other parks that have the potential to create a similar model in their area. A package of learning and support will be created over a two year period in order to spread the approach and empower local communities with the management skills to ensure sustainablility. This is an innovative project, part of NESTA’s national ‘Rethinking Parks’ Programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Exciting times ahead for Thurrock communities. The park projects we are working with are Bonnygate in South Ockendon, Aveley Rec, Daisy Fields in Tilbury, Gobions in East Tilbury and Grays Beach. If these are areas close to you and you would like to get involved with the project then please contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374.

Rob Groves pictured with Chris Norris and Tiffany Gregor from NESTA

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Rob Groves: 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Elf – Christmas Screening in the Park

Join us for two screenings of the fantastic family film ‘Elf’ on Friday 30th November – Showing one is at 5:30pm (doors open 5pm), Showing two is 7:45pm (doors open 7:15pm)

If you want to embrace the season we’d love you to wear fancy dress!

Please bring a camping / deck chair to sit on.

The film will be shown undercover in a marquee in the park. (It’s heated but feel free to bring a blanket!).

Ticket prices below include popcorn with every ticket: ( age 2 and under free)

  • £8.50  Reserve tickets online and use code PAYONCOLLECTION  (The Cafe is open 9am to 4pm daily until screening and accepts cash or card payment)
  • £9.00  Reserve and pay online (includes booking fee) please collect from cafe, open 9am to 4pm daily until screening.
  • £9.50  On the door subject to availability.

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Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Spooky family day planned at Hardie

We will be staging our annual Halloween Hunt on Saturday 27th October for the younger residents of SS17 and beyond. The event starts at 11am until 3pm and will consist of a spooky themed hunt around the park, bouncy castles, stalls and a BBQ. Fancy dress on the day is welcomed and the park staff and volunteers will be taking part wearing ghoulish outfits too.

Halloween hunt tickets are now on sale in the cafe, we are open from 9am to 4pm daily and tickets are £2 per child. For the bouncers out there wristbands can be purchased on the day at £5 (weather permitting).

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Successful Footpaths Personal Development Programme comes to an end

With financial support from the Hew Watt Family Charitable Trust we were able to offer three personal development and mental health courses to local people that have previously struggled to access services. Each of the twelve week courses covered topics including Confidence Building and Self -esteem, Understanding Anxiety and Discovering Mindfulness.

Workshops helped attendees such as local resident Malcolm, 53, improve their physical and emotional wellbeing. He joined the first course and volunteered in the Hardie Park cafe for over six months. He explained, ‘It helped me in so many ways, meeting new people with similar problems and experiences as me and learning ways to combat bad feelings and how to solve them.’

The Footpaths project was the brainchild of Shane Ralph who has worked with people with mental health issues for many years. The funding enabled Shane to deliver tailored courses that also involved work experience placements and 1-2-1 counselling support.  We are currently not looking to continue the courses in the forseeable future.

September Newsletter

Your local park’s news can be delivered direct to your inbox. Sign up to receive our news via the pop up on our homepage.

In the meantime here’s a link to our September Edition of Hardie Park Newsletter

Topics include:

Enjoy the read!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark